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  1. Morihiro Ogawa was the curator of Japanese Weapons at the Boston Museaum of Fine Arts probably 25 years ago and his book and the photos from that time in the museum is a work of art on its own. After he left there he became the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and even if the blade was unsigned he probably could give some sort of attribution to the blade in question - that said I am almost certain as mentioned before he probably said as was mentioned earlier that it was a mumie blade of a certain date range - period. The last will and testament story I have heard before in several variations but that in and of itself would make no sense whatsoever. Wills are usually left in trust with someone other than the person whose will it is so that the people who are left after they die can access what their final wishes were for their worldly good. To hide the document in a place where it would probably never be found except by mistake makes no sense at all.
  2. If you must have it from Japan then so be it but any good wood craftsman can make you one to order for as many or few swords as you want at a lot less price than having it shipped from the orient.
  3. Nice - I would think the blade worthy of a polish and would be a very impressive piece.
  4. This link to these documents are presented not to suggest that one should purchase here as they are all sold. They are offered for the beauty and information of the publications if you want to enjoy ! https://new.uniquejapan.com/currently-available-swords-at-unique-Japan/ Huge files so may download slowly !!
  5. I guess because you offered him 400 and mine was only 50 is why he declined mine automatically !
  6. I did buy an unpapered Naginata on ebay a fairly long time ago for less than 2000 that I am sure is a valid signature for Higo Dotanuki Matahachi - 1580's. Not a Juyo blade and still not papered but no re-polish and pretty impressive and at 1800 bucks - a bargain !!
  7. When shipping blades I usually put a layer of oil on the bare blade, wrap it in saran wrap and put it on a board bigger in all directions than the sword with a small peg through the mekugiana into the board and then zip tied to the board. Wrapped in paper then bubble wrap and into one of the FedEX triangular shaped shipping boxes. Koshira wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in same tube. Never had a problem - knock on wood !!!! BUT in this pandemic with the amount of shipping going on they are being more than rough trying to get everything to where they want it to be.
  8. """EDIT TO ADD: Ah.....Thanks to Barry, I seem to have this archived from his wonderful cd's he sent me. This discussion goes back about 7 years! Haven't sorted it out, but the same old folk are still around Might provide some insight, maybe none of it is true. Worth a read though.""" Read through this old post from 2009 and was very happy to see many of the authors replying to the original question: Old names - great guys, Ted Tenold, Louis Skebo, Ian Bottomly, Jim Gilbert, Carlos Tacchini, Richard Turner, Jean Laparra - Amazing !!!!11
  9. The straight blade is interesting for sure and the hamon looks pretty good nearer the nakago - seems a little long and wide for a sword cane - have had a couple and they tend to be wak length and about 1/2 - 3/4" wide .
  10. Great story and unbeleivable research - I appreciate you are returning the sword to the shrine but are there any legal requirements to return any of these blades when discovered ? I would imagine if you tried to take it into Japan and it was discovered they might seize it /?
  11. What a bunch of philosophers ! I collect them for the beauty and the perfection of the weapons that they are - and I like them.
  12. I have never made any money on moving Nihonto in 40 years as I usually bought what I liked regardless of papers or not etc. Dealers buy for half what they sell them for and sell for double what they paid for them !! Very few collectibles on earth are money makers in the short ( less than 100 years) term. I always look at the price we pay as the "rent" to take care of a very old piece of art that happens to be a weapon that there are not a whole lot of. Again - like any collectible - very hard to get when you want one and can be for sale forever to get your investment back. Those that can buy and sell and make a living have to be good at what they do and have access to great blades at reasonable prices or be willing to pay the price for polish and papers which can add 2-3 thousand to the original cost. If you could lease them it may be a perfect way to enjoy the beauty without tying up a lot of cash. BIGGEST problem as you get older what to so when you are gone because most of our wives have NO IDEA what they cost or any clue what they may be worth or who to even contact to sell them. Last thing you should do is donate them to a museum where they will sit in storage and deteriorate as very few know how to maintain them !!! On that note - enjoy it all while you can !!
  13. I have displayed my swords for years with a proper coat of oil in this cabinet that has an electric rod often used in gun safes that heats the air slightly and as it circulates in the cabinet it reduces the humidity. Never had any problems with rust and as I like to see my blades on display it has served me well for a long time. https://www.lockdown.com/products/moisture-control/dehumidifier-rods/golden-rod-dehumidifier-rod/725721.html
  14. Is this what you were referring to as the Shimazu mon is on the koshira and the tsuba is as well. I found it interesting in and of itself to have mounts that were made at some point to be associated wiith a particular family or daimyo - the blade and smith have no relationship to the Shimazu as far as I can determine and is by Sadayoshi
  15. Louis is into large lumber milling and snow mobiles now and I don't think he has polished in a while !
  16. Custom case with dehumidifier and locked glass front doors - over blade LED lights and I can sit and look at them all day !!
  17. Led lights and dehumidified and local craftsman built it and I put on locked glass doors for less than 500.
  18. Not exactly the same situation but I have talked in the past what happens to these treasures when we pass on !!!!! The estate or your family will certainly have no idea of the value and likely very little appreciation for the times themselves. I always look at the money lost on a sale as the rent you had to pay to keep the blades for the period that you do and now having several blades that cost over 20G I don't know if I will feel worse selling them now or waiting until I can't even maintain them any more. Some I have held for over 35 years and am not even sure I will get my money back in them and it is amazing considering the market for collectibles of all types that THEY ARE ALL more costly to buy than sell = that being said at some point SOMEONE must make something on the sale or the whole thing would fall apart ! Collectors are weird - think with their hearts more than their brains
  19. The methods to remove a spot of rust using a softer material really only apply to a rusted area that is higher than the surface of the blade. A rust spot that is in a pit or lower area of the blade will be very hard to pick out and all you will do is scratch the surrounding steel all to hell and make the whole area a mess requiring a toshigi for sure - leave it alone.
  20. The rise and fall of the prices occur for reasons that are not related to the intrinsic value of the blade as sometimes people need the money in a hurry. Many times dealers will buy a blade for half of what they sold it for and to keep anything long enough for it to come back to the retail price will take a long time. Unless you get a real bargain on a purchase there is little room over 3-5 years for it to go up in value unless you picked up something that was way underpriced but as you get into higher end blades you pay the going rate and hang on - IN THE MEANTIME - the cost and any loss you incur is the price you paid to have that bit of history in your pocession when you owned it because it will be around long after you are gone- if you want to see collections sold at a huge loss luck into someone selling their relatives collection and happy to get anything for them. I don't think of this collecting as a great way to make money even over 25 years and many hobbies are the same - you can buy and antique car for 15,000 spend 10,000 restoring it and then sell it for 12.000 and get nothing for labour !!!!!!!
  21. http://nihontoart.com/shop/kogarasu-maru-tachi-by-gassan-sadakazu/ This is not an ad as the sword is on hold but it is a beauty and although I have seen a couple of blades with this pattern nit very many. It would seem to be a pretty efficient cutting instrument with cutting edges on both sides apart from having pretty impressive hamon.
  22. I had this glass front case made to measure and it has a dehumidifier bar in the bottom so it stays dry and constant temperature
  23. http://nihontoart.com/shop/katana-signed-kanefusa-in-koshirae/ In Canada as well = great dealer =- good friend - all blades are papered - watch his site
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